This is not the first time we’ve heard the rumor that the 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic action film Commando is reboot ready. This time though, according to insider Daniel Richtman on his Patreon page, not only is Schwarzenegger leading the charge on a potential reboot, but he wants his long-time buddy Sylvester Stallone to be part of it.
Richtman claims that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks for a Commando reboot and that he wants Sylvester Stallone involved. He also claims that there will be a passing of the torch involved to a younger lead character. Richtman does not deliver any more information concerning the project, how far along it may be, what specific role Arnie will play (though we’d assume it’d be once again as Colonel John Matrix), and if Sly jumps on board, just who the heck he would be.
This is also not the first time the tipster Richtman has claimed a Commando reboot was in the making. A few months back, he mentioned that a remake was in the works but offered nothing else, not even the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger was involved. Now, he is doubling down by not only saying a reboot is moving forward, but that Arnie has plans to include the recently trending Sylvester Stallone into the Commando storyline.
The first Commando, as cheesy as it was, was also a massive hit at the box office. It was written by prolific screenwriter Steven E. de Souza, who got his start in the ‘70s on TV shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. De Souza then would move on to features such as 48 Hrs., The Running Man, Die Hard and Die Hard 2, Street Fighter, and Judge Dredd. De Souza is one of a handful of screenwriters whose work has earned over $2 billion at the box office.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Colonel Matrix was living a quiet life of retirement with his young daughter Jenny (played by Alyssa Milano) when he is informed by his former boss Major General Kirby that Matrix’s former squad has all been killed by a group of unknown mercenaries. It isn’t long after that these mercenaries show up at Matrix’s mountain home with one goal. No, not death, but to bring him to a former South American dictator Arius (Dan Hedaya). The mercenaries, led by Bennett, an ex-team member of Matrix, can’t convince Matrix to come along, so instead, they kidnap his daughter to force him. As Matrix tries to rescue her, the mercenaries finally overpower him.
When Matrix is in front of Arius, the ex-dictator tells Matrix that if he wants to see his daughter alive, Matrix will carry out an assassination so Arius can reclaim his home country of Val Verde. Matrix reluctantly agrees but as soon as he begins his trip toward the wayward country, he goes all Commando, taking out anything and everything in his path in route back to Arius and his daughter. Along the way, Matrix receives help from Cindy, an off-duty flight attendant, played by Rae Dawn Chong (daughter of comedy legend and true stoner Tommy Chong).
What follows is Arnie being Arnie. The kills are gruesome, the one-liners are amazing, and the bad guys get what they deserve. It is the epitome of ‘80s action movies.
Back in the day, a team-up between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone was unheard of. They were like the Godzilla vs. Kong of ‘80s action movies. Both Alpha males, their only goal at the time was to one-up each other at the box office. There never was a clear winner, both had big movies, both had duds, and it looked like their rivalry would continue till the end of time. It didn’t.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, along with another big action star Bruce Willis and his wife Demi Moore, teamed up to launch Planet Hollywood, a themed restaurant highlighting the wonder that is Hollywood.
Then came the unthinkable. They became real friends and made a few movies together. Their first time they were on screen together was on Stallone’s action vehicle 2010s The Expendables. They would team up again on The Expendables 2, then Escape Plan, and finally in 2014 for The Expendables 3. While none of the movies broke the bank at the box office, they brought a lot of nostalgia to fans and as far as action movies go, they checked all boxes.
So, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Richtman is on to something here with his Arnold Schwarzenegger Commando reboot and wanting to include Sylvester Stallone rumor. Both stars are well into their movie-making twilight years, so one more nod to what they were isn’t the worst idea that came out of Hollywood. In fact, it may be a welcome sight given some of the dreck that Hollywood has produced lately.